The evening kick-off game between Cameroon and Guinea in Malabo gives either team a chance of going top of this tight group, with every fixture so far resulting in a 1-1 draw. Could the deadlock finally be broken and three points obtained by either the Indomitable Lions or the National Elephants on another humid evening in front of a fervent packed crowd.
From the off it was obvious this was going to be a game where both sides were intent on chasing the three points, kicking-off at a break-neck speed which surely could not be kept up for the full 90 minutes. Four-times champions Cameroon started the better, knocking the ball around with confidence, the first good chance of the day falling to Vincent Aboubakar, forcing a good save from Guinea goal-keeper Naby Yattara. Minutes later Cameroon captain Stephane M’bia should have done better with a close rang header but mis-timed his jump. But the breakthrough for the Indomitable Lions was to come, going a goal-up directly from a Benjamin Moukandjo corner, Guinea goal-keeper Naby Yattar perhaps should have done better, only able to palm into the roof of the net. His opposite number Fabrice Ondoa was on top form shortly after to deny an equaliser, rushing out to block a Ibrahima Traore shot on goal. But Ondoa was unable to stop Traore’s next act of brilliance, the Borussia Monchengladbach winger twisting and turning on the edge of the box before rifling a low shot into the far corner, making it 1-1 going into the half-time break.
Again Cameroon were to dominate proceedings in the second half, looking the side with more quality but as we have seen from a few teams in the competition, unable to finish the chances when needed. Edgar Salli and Vincent Aboubakar both missed opportunities they would normally be expected to finish, but the worst miss of the day would fall to captain M’Bia heading wide form 6 yards out with only a minute left on the clock. His anguished look as he held his head in his hands, said it all as it was surely the chance of the game to take all 3 points. As it was, yet again a goal apiece was how it finished, meaning all 4 games in the group have finished with the same scoreline, every team with identical records in the competition. The final fixture between Ivory Coast and Cameroon will now take on extra signifigance as it is effectively knock-out football now, as it will be for Guinea and Mali, an exciting evening awaits in Malabo on Wednesday.